SRINAGAR: The discrepancy in numbers of civilian deaths reported by the government and by the media is because many police stations have failed to register the civilian deaths in their records.
The state government has been reporting 25 deaths while the media has put the number at 36, since the civilian uprising began on Friday evening. Deputy Superintendent of Police Control Room, Srinagar, Imran Farooq told Kashmir Reader that the difference is because the police have been unable to record all the deaths that have taken place.
“At many places people prefer to bury the dead bodies without having the death registered in police records,” the officer said.
Police in Srinagar had on Tuesday morning hijacked the ambulance that was carrying the body of Amir Nazir Latoo from the SMHS hospital to his home in Bijbehara. In similar fashion, police took into custody the body of Javed Ahmad of Hawoora, Qoimoh, from SKIMS on Wednesday before it was returned to his family.
Asked why the police was hijacking dead bodies from the hospitals, Farooq said, ‘It was done to register their deaths in the public records.”
“It is mandatory as per the law to register deaths along with the cause of the deaths in police records, apart from hospital records. The bodies are taken for that purpose only. We have already missed to register a number of deaths and injuries,” the deputy SP said.
When asked whether autopsy had been conducted on the bodies, Farooq feigned ignorance.